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Sept. 29, 2023
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POLICE ACCREDITATION: At a time when law enforcement agencies are under scrutiny for excessive force incidents, racial profiling and other conduct, many Michigan police departments have opted to improve their procedures and training to secure accreditation. So far this year, departments in Clawson, East Lansing, Marshall, Royal Oak, Southgate, Walker and South Lyon were accredited. We hear from the Michigan Association of Chiefs of Police and Petoskey police chief. By Stephanie Rauhe. FOR PETOSKEY, DETROIT, WKTV, LANSING CITY PULSE AND ALL POINTS.
w/KARR HEADSHOT: Petoskey Public Safety Director Adrian Karr worked to gain accreditation for his department in 2022.
w/STEVENSON HEADSHOT: Robert Stevenson, executive director of the Michigan Association of Chiefs of Police, said accreditation of police departments will “elevate the profession.”
HATE CRIMES: There’s a call to strengthen Michigan’s hate crime laws at a time when such incidents are increasingly common. We hear from the executive director of the Department of Civil Rights, lawmakers from Northville, Canton Township and West Bloomfield and a national Muslim rights advocacy group. By Liz Nass. FOR DETROIT, LANSING CITY PULSE AND ALL POINTS.
FALL COLORS: Pure Michigan has rolled out the webcams to livestream scenic fall spots around the state and boost tourism. A Detroit poet was commissioned to write “Keep Falling for Michigan.” Mackinac Island is gearing up for its annual Halloween weekend. By Kenzie Terpstra. FOR GRAND RAPIDS BUSINESS, WKTV, DETROIT, ST. IGNACE, CHEBOYGAN AND ALL POINTS.
w/FALL COLORS PHOTO1: A horse-drawn carriage near the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island. Credit: Mackinac Island Tourism Bureau
w/FALL COLORS PHOTO 2: Bicyclists and a horse-drawn carriage pass bright fall foliage on Mackinac Island. Credit: Mackinac Island Tourism Bureau
W/FALL COLORS POET: Detroit poet Jessica Care Moore highlights autumn in the state in her poem, “Keep Falling for Michigan.”
w/FALL COLORS WEBCAM SHOT: Webcam shot of Lake Leelanau-Narrows Yacht Club. Courtesy of 9&10 News.
FLOWER FARM: By day, Mary Ann Cleary deals with state tax and budget issues as director of the House Fiscal Agency. The rest of the time she and Saundra Dunn run Along the Fence, a daylily farm in Dansville, southeast of Lansing. It’s home to over 1,200 plants, and post-pandemic business is booming. Cleary’s two worlds intersect when her farm participates in farmers markets on the Capitol grounds. By Stephanie Rauhe. FOR FOWLERVILLE, MICHIGAN FARM NEWS, LANSING CITY PULSE AND ALL POINTS.
w/FLOWER FARM PHOTO 1: Mary Ann Cleary, left, the director of the House Fiscal Agency, and Saundra Dunn, a retired school psychologist, own a daylily farm in Dansville. Credit: Saundra Dunn
w/FLOWER FARM PHOTO 2: Incredible Ada is a purple daylily named by Saundra Dunn and Mary Ann Cleary, owners of a daylily farm. Credit: Saundra Dunn
w/FLOWER FARM PHOTO 3: Higher Fire is a daylily named by Saundra Dunn and Mary Ann Cleary, owners of Along the Fence Daylilies in Dansville. Credit: Saundra Dunn
AIRPORTS: There are capital improvement projects underway at some of Michigan’s commercial airports at a time when passenger traffic is growing for business and leisure purposes, including the state’s largest, Detroit Metro and Gerald R. Ford. Cherry Capital AIrport in Traverse City is also wracking up higher passenger numbers. Some smaller ones are struggling, however, such as those in Muskegon, Escanaba and Alpena. By Kelsey Lester. FOR CORP! GRAND RAPIDS BUSINESS, TRAVERSE CITY, LEELANAU, LUDINGTON, MARQUETTE, SAULT STE. MARIE, WKTV, ALPENA, ALCONA, MONTMORENCY AND ALL POINTS.
w/AIRPORTS PHOTO: The Gerald R. Ford International Airport’s newly expanded Concourse A. Credit: Peter McCullough